Hospitals deal with more child tooth decay
THE number of hospital admissions for tooth decay among five to nine-yearolds has risen for the second consecutive year, new figures show.
Children of this age accounted for more than 26,000 admissions as a result of the dental problem last year, according to data from NHS Digital.
There were more than twice as many admissions compared to tonsillitis. However, the number of hospital admissions for tooth decay among babies to 19-year-olds has decreased overall.
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said it was ‘disgraceful’ that so many young children require tooth extraction and called for parents to ensure they maintain good oral health.
There were a total of 26,111 hospital admissions for tooth decay among five to nine-year-olds in 2017/18, the data shows, up from 25,923 in 2016/17 and 25,875 in 2015/16.
However the number of admissions for tooth decay is still lower than 2014/15, when there were 26,708.